Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Green supercar : Acabion GTBO

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It's not easy being green if you're driving a £1million supercar at 342mph.

Or so you might have thought. But the Acabion GTBO can hit staggering speeds at up to 90 miles per gallon - the sort of fuel consumption you'd be thrilled to achieve in a small, super-efficient diesel car.

Accelerating from 0-224mph in 20 seconds, it will leave any Ferrari standing. Even though the Swiss car can hit almost 350mph, its top speed is limited to 292mph -still far quicker than the world's current fastest road car, the 253mph Bugatti Veyron.

It also trumps the huge Bugatti's 16.4litre engine - with a capacity of just 1.4 litres.

Although its engineer Dr Peter Maskus insists it is a supercar, it has more in common with a motorbike, with a motorcycle engine, wheels, tyres and bike-style in-line seats.

But it also has two smaller wheels on hydraulic arms that stay up at speed but can be lowered to aid stability while travelling more slowly or if balance is lost.

It also has a separate 2kw electric motor for short, low-speed journeys and reversing.

The Acabion emits fewer greenhouse gases than a family saloon, leading its makers to claim it could be the future of motoring.

Source : DailyMail




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